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Colonial Cases

R. v. Burkhardt and others, 1887

[shipping, assault and desertion]


R. v. Burkhardt and others

Police Court, Shanghai
Jamieson AAJ, 12 and 16 February 1887
Source: North China Herald, 16 February 1887

Shanghai, 12th Feb., 1887
Before Geo. Jamieson, Esq., Acting Assistant Judge.
  JON BURKHARDT and CHARLES SOLAINE, first and second mates of the Nova Scotia ship Colchester, appeared to answer summonses for assault taken out by for members of the crew named Fay, Herner, Pugh and Ullrich.  The charges were fully proved and his Worship after commenting upon the ill usage of the men by the officers imposed fines varying from $2 to $5 for each assault.  A similar charge was made against Captain Dart master of the ship by Ullrich one of the prosecutors in the former case, and by another seaman named Martin; but the assaults, his Worship said, were of a trivial nature and the summonses were dismissed.

Source: North China Herald, 23 February 1887

Shanghai, 16th Feb., 1887
Before Geo. Jamison, Esq., Acting Assistant Judge.
DESERTION.  [Colchester 2]
  Six of the crew of the ship Colchester, named Martin, Fay, Sullivan, Ulrich, Patch and Hands, were charged with having deserted from the vessel, on the 14th inst. The prisoners admitted the charge, but pleaded that they were afraid to go back to the ship in consequence of the violence of the officers, two of whom were fined last week for assaulting some of the prisoners. There was no proof, however of this statement, and His Worship sentenced each prisoner to a months' imprisonment and ordered each to forfeit six days' pay for each day absent from the ship, the prisoners to be put on board if the ship sailed before the end of the month, and lastly to pay all the costs of the summonses.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School